Handwritten notes from Reince Priebus support James Comey's claims about Donald Trump, The New York Times is reporting. The notes are reported to document that Trump called Priebus to discuss how he pressured the former FBI Director to publicly state that Trump was not under investigation. The report also makes several other claims that may be relevant to an obstruction of Justice investigation. Trump had McGahn pressure Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the investigation. One attorney in McGhan's office misled Trump on whether he could fire Comey because he believed doing so would force the DoJ to investigate possible obstruction -- Mueller is investigating Trump Jr's initial denial of the meeting at Trump Tower with Russians to "get dirt" on Clinton that was written by Trump. White House lawyers believed the denial to be "an explicit attempt to throw sand into the investigation's gears". A Trump spokesman quit because he believed it was obstruction of justice.
Embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to contradict President Trump on Monday, telling dozens of U.S. diplomats that Russia deliberately interfered in American "democratic processes." Tillerson, who is reportedly expected to leave his White House post amid growing tensions with the President, made the admission during a town hall-style meeting with career diplomats at the State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday morning. ... "Russia chose through hybrid warfare to interfere with democratic processes here, and they've done so in other countries as well," Tillerson, 65, said, referencing the Kremlin's annexation of the Crimea in Ukraine. read more
Black Lives Matter activists were among those who used social media on Friday and Saturday to call attention to the case of Daniel Shaver, a 26-year-old man who was shot to death by a police officer in Mesa, Arizona in January 2016. A disturbing, graphic video of the shooting was released shortly after the officer who killed Shaver, who was white, was acquitted of second-degree murder. The video shows Shaver following the officer's instructions to crawl toward him and begging him not to shoot. Radley Balko: "The insanely heavy-handed police response to Daniel Shaver came after someone reported seeing him with a rifle. (it was a pellet gun). Arizona is open carry, including for long guns. So the NRA will denounce this verdict and demand better training for Mesa police, right?" read more
Embattled U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., the longest-serving current member of Congress, retired effective Tuesday, rather than seek re-election amid allegations that he sexually harassed staffers. "I am retiring today," Conyers said, in what is effectively a resignation. ... Conyers has been in the U.S. House for 53 years -- the longest-serving African-American in history. ... Conyers previously relinquished his high-profile position as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee pending the outcome of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee of sexual harassment accusations.
The longest serving member of the current House of a Representatives, John Convyrs announced his resignation today, effective immediately. The Democrat from Detroit resignation comes after it was learned that he paid a former aide $27K to settle a harassment claim brought against him.